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The Art of Feeding the Invalid. A series of chapters on the nature of certain prevalent diseases and maladies; together with carefully selected recipes for the preparation of food for invalids.
London: The Scientific Press, [circa 1897]. Octavo, viii, 264 pages. Ads. First edition, second or third printing. Driver reports the first edition as published 1893, with the "New and popular edition" issued 1899. The publisher's address indicated on the title page, "28 & 29 Southampton Street", makes it likely that this was issued 1897. The book is evenly split between the descriptions of special needs for feeding for a variety... (Item #3143)
Price: $90.00
The Art of Feeding the Invalid. A series of chapters on the nature of certain prevalent diseases and maladies; together with carefully selected recipes for the preparation of food for invalids. A Medical Practitioner, a Lady Professor of Cookery.
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What Shall We Eat? A Manual for Housekeepers. Comprising a Bill of Fare for Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea, for Every Day of the Year. With an Appendix, containing recipes for pickles and sauces.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 661 Broadway, 1868. Octavo, 134 pages, [6] ads (variously paginated). First edition. A special forward on breakfast, includes the following: "A breakfast should be as carefully composed as a dinner. Secure by art what is due to the dignity of the meal, and give it its true position." With the bookplate of Mrs. John Calvin Smith, wife of the cartographer and member of the... (Item #3812)
Price: $250.00
What Shall We Eat? A Manual for Housekeepers. Comprising a Bill of Fare for Breakfast, Dinner, and Tea, for Every Day of the Year. With an Appendix, containing recipes for pickles and sauces. Anonymous.
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Aunt Kate's Household Annual.
London & Dundee: John Leng & Company, [1932]. Thick octavo, 252 pages. Illustrated throughout. First edition. A cookbook with a preliminary calendar for the year 1933. Not quite an almanac/cookbook but in that vicinity. This is the only year for which we can find any record, so the annual aspect of the book was short-lived. The illustrations throughout include color illustrations of various dishes, and black and white photographic illustrations... (Item #5294)
Price: $150.00
Aunt Kate's Household Annual. Aunt Kate.
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The Oyster: a popular summary of a scientific study.
Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1891. Octavo, xxxvi, 230 pages. Illustrated. First edition. "What was once the most bountiful source of oysters in the world has become nearly exhausted. More than a century ago... scientist and Maryland state official William K. Brooks warned that this day would come. A classical morphologist by training, and one of the Johns Hopkins University's first and most distinguished faculty members, Brooks had "tonged oysters... (Item #5293)
Price: $180.00
The Oyster: a popular summary of a scientific study. William Keith Brooks.
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Prairie Farming in America With Notes by the way on Canada and the United States.
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859. Octavo, vi, 130, [2] pages. Ads. First edition. James Caird (1816-92) was an agriculturalist and member of the British Parliament, author of English Agriculture, Letters on the Corn Crops, High Farming, and The West of Ireland. This volume was the result of a tour he undertook in 1859 through Canada and the American Midwest. Much of the volume is devoted to Illinois, though... (Item #5292)
Price: $350.00
Prairie Farming in America With Notes by the way on Canada and the United States. James Caird.
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The Borzoi Cook Book.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. Octavo, 247 pages. First edition. The book was issued in London in the following year under the title, The Russian Cookbook. Four hundred sixteen recipes, compiled and translated by Princess Alexandre Gagarine, collected from her friends. Batik-decorated lavender and torquoise paper over one-quarter yellow cloth. Slightest rubbing to edges of boards, otherwise fine. In green-printed yellow dust jacket, with some edge chipping. Scarce in... (Item #5295)
Price: $250.00
The Borzoi Cook Book. Princess Alexandre Gagarine.
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La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes, From Leading Chefs and Noted Creole Housewives, Who Have Made New Orleans Famous for its Cuisine. Second Edition.
New York: Will H. Coleman, circa 1915, but stated 1885. Octavo, 268 pages. Second edition, later printing. While the title page states "1885" it was likely printed in about 1915. A classic American cookbook, and one of the great books of Creole cuisine. The first book on the subject, it was anonymously printed in 1885, but it is generally accepted that Lafcadio Hearn is the author. This work has been... (Item #3915)
Price: $200.00
La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes, From Leading Chefs and Noted Creole Housewives, Who Have Made New Orleans Famous for its Cuisine. Second Edition. Lafcadio Hearn.
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The New London Family Cook : or, Town and Country Housekeepers' Guide; Comprehending Directions for Marketing, With Illustrative Plates, on a Principle entirely new; General Observations, and Bills of Fare for every Week of the Year; Practical Instructions for preparing Soups, Broths, Gravies, Sauces, and Made Dishes.
London: Albion Press. Printed for J. and J. Cundee, Ive-Lane, [1811]. Octavo, 634 pages [lacking pages 633-634 (final leaf of index)]. Frontispiece portrait of the author and ten plates. Later printing of the third edition. Originally issued c. 1800 by J. Robins, with the second edition by J. Cundee in 1808. MacDonald was the Head Cook a the Bedford Tavern and Hotel, Covent-Garden. The condition is good only, with some... (Item #2674)
Price: $350.00
The New London Family Cook : or, Town and Country Housekeepers' Guide; Comprehending Directions for Marketing, With Illustrative Plates, on a Principle entirely new; General Observations, and Bills of Fare for every Week of the Year; Practical Instructions for preparing Soups, Broths, Gravies, Sauces, and Made Dishes. Duncan MacDonald.
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Manual for Army Bakers, 1916.
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1917. Duodecimo, 123 pages. Illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings, including descriptions and images of field ovens, bread transport (both wagons and trucks). First edition of this expanded publication for 1916. Previous owner's name to title page, some light water staining to top edge of text block throughout. Some wear to publisher's gilt-titled brown cloth. Good only. (Item #2773)
Price: $90.00
Manual for Army Bakers, 1916. Office of the Quartermaster General War Department.
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The Original Buckeye Cook Book, and practical housekeeping. A compilation of choice and carefully tested recipes. Trade edition.
St. Paul, Minnesota/Chicago: Webb Publishing Co./Trade Supplied by Reilly & Britton Co. 1905. Thick octavo, 689 pages. Illustrations in the text. Later edition. The classic Midwestern cookbook, originally published in Ohio in 1876, and extensively revised in 1890. This extremely popular book went through numerous editions and printings, as documented in the scholarly edition edited by Andrew F. Smith (Ohio State, 2000). In black-decorated, white oil-cloth with soiling and edgewear... (Item #5274)
Price: $120.00
The Original Buckeye Cook Book, and practical housekeeping. A compilation of choice and carefully tested recipes. Trade edition. Estelle Woods Wilcox, compiler.